A 29-year-old man who caused a serious crash while driving three times over the legal alcohol limit has been told “no penalty will change” the impacts suffered as a result of his actions. Jamie Thomas Graham Beer appeared in Busselton Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he was sentenced for dangerous driving resulting in bodily harm and driving under the influence of alcohol. The court was told that on January 18, Beer was travelling east along Layman Road in Wonnerup when he approached a line of cars stopped waiting for another vehicle to turn right into Lockville Road. Instead of waiting, Beer crossed the double white lines in the centre of the road to overtake the waiting vehicles, continuing at speed before colliding with the front car which was turning right at the intersection, causing it to flip on to its roof. The driver of that car received a small laceration and ongoing chest pain as a result of the crash. Following the incident, Beer was taken to the hospital and took a breath test which returned a reading of 0.165. In Western Australia, the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05, with readings over 0.15 deemed driving under the influence. The man’s duty counsel told the court he was “very intoxicated” and “did not understand” why the cars had stopped, resulting in the “poor and dangerous” decision. It was submitted Beer had been “drowning himself in alcohol” to cope with his ongoing opioid addiction and had been on route to attend an appointment for prescriptions to manage the problem when the crash occurred. The court was told Beer held “immense remorse” for his actions. Magistrate Michelle Harries described the offending as “very concerning”, emphasising the incident could have resulted in a death. Referring to the victim impact statement, she noted the victim was still experiencing psychological issues as a result of the crash, reading how the man was “fearful” of his death and how it could have left his disabled wife and children without a support person — causing Beer to cry. Magistrate Harries handed Beer a nine-month intensive supervision order, as well as a $1700 fine for the DUI charge, saying “no penalty will change” the experience of the victim. Beer’s licence has also been disqualified for 12 months.